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  • Eternally Busy

    published December 31, 2009

    It's a wonder that Sonic Youth manages to even release Sonic Youth records, given the flurry of activity that envelops Thurston Moore, Kim Gordon,... More >>

  • The Fremonts

    published December 31, 2009

    There's nothing duller than a "retro" band. You know the type: decked out in the fashions of some bygone era, carefully assembling each song into... More >>

  • Why is Sonic Youth Still So Important in Indie Land?

    published December 31, 2009

    It's a wonder that Sonic Youth manages to even release Sonic Youth records, given the flurry of activity that envelops Thurston Moore, Kim Gordon,... More >>

  • Top Ten of 2009: Jason P. Woodbury

    published Dec 28, 2009

    Up on the Sun is counting down the days until the unveiling of music editor Martin Cizmar's personal Best of 2009 list with some other lists from Phoenix New Times' stable of excellent freelancers. To... More >>

  • Trunk Space Fest

    published December 24, 2009

    So even if your grandma didn't get you an awesome new sweater for Christmas just begging to be shown off downtown, there are still plenty... More >>

  • Automatic Erasers Are a Band’s Band

    published December 17, 2009

    God bless the Internet jukebox. There's not much more glorious than sitting in your favorite neighborhood watering hole with the power to hear... More >>

  • Outer Bounds of Sound 12/13 At Revolver Records

    published Dec 14, 2009

    ​"The music in there is terrible," says a customer to Revolver Records co-owner Steve Zimmerman, referring to the warbling tones of saxophonist Lol Coxhill  spinning on the turntable as doom-me... More >>

  • Folk Off

    published November 26, 2009

    Is it just me, or is “folk” as a descriptive term battling “indie rock” to the finish line of complete uselessness? Take the... More >>

  • Final Folk Festival

    published November 26, 2009

    Is it just me, or is "folk" as a descriptive term battling "indie rock" to the finish line of complete uselessness? Take the Monsters of Folk, the... More >>

  • Hatebreed

    published November 19, 2009

    If Jamey Jasta, Hatebreed frontman and former host of MTV’s Headbangers Ball, ever gets sick of the music biz, the dude could probably... More >>

  • Hatebreed

    published November 19, 2009

    If Jamey Jasta, Hatebreed frontman and former host of MTV's Headbangers Ball, ever gets sick of the music biz, the dude could probably make... More >>

  • Meet the Chandails: Young, Unpretentious, Scuzzy, and Great

    published November 19, 2009

    Listening to "Paper Bag," the scuzzy, shuffling opening track from Phoenix-based garage rockers The Chandails' forthcoming EP, it's easy to... More >>

  • Wavves at Rhythm Room

    published Oct 16, 2009

    ​"Oh yeah," Nathan Williams of Wavves leered as I introduced myself last night at The Rhythm Room.  "You're the guy who wrote the article with the 'Wavves spits on a guy' headline."  That ... More >>

  • Yo La Tengo at The Marquee

    published Oct 15, 2009

    ​It's been a pretty solid year to be a Yo La Tengo fan.  The Hoboken-based indie-rock institution (25 years and running) didn't just release one new album this year, they released two. Thei... More >>

  • Wavves of Spit and Blood and Other Scenes from the Ever-Dramatic Life of Nathan Williams

    published October 15, 2009

    The headlines usually accompanying Nathan Williams, better known as Wavves, seldom have anything to do with his music, a low-fi blend of classic... More >>

  • Q & A: Wavves' Nathan Williams Talks Dogs With Sunglasses, New Record and Spitting in Faces
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    Q & A: Wavves' Nathan Williams Talks Dogs With Sunglasses, New Record and Spitting in Faces

    published Oct 06, 2009

    ​It's hard to take Wavves serious, but really, that's kind of the point. Everything about the project, the work of California "Weed/Beach Demon" Nathan Williams, comes across as tossed off: the scuz... More >>

  • The Get Up Kids Really Were Worth Writing Home About

    published September 24, 2009

    For all its hazy definitions, there was a time when "emo," maligned as the genre has always been, indicated the smart, melodic pop-punk of The Get... More >>

  • Stephen Steinbrink, a.k.a. French Quarter, Is Hyper-Productive

    published September 24, 2009

    Valley singer-songwriter Stephen Steinbrink wears many caps. Not just in the obvious sense — though Steinbrink is rarely seen without his... More >>

  • Q&A: Get Up Kids' Matt Pryor Talks Jumping Around, Playing Pop Music and the Emo Handbook
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    Q&A: Get Up Kids' Matt Pryor Talks Jumping Around, Playing Pop Music and the Emo Handbook

    published Sep 14, 2009

    ​Any attempt on my part to play "rock critic" on this assignment would be complete bullshit. Few assignments have ever made me want to high five my inner fifteen-year-old more than a chance to inter... More >>

  • Woods Freak Out at Modified

    published Sep 08, 2009

    ​Up until the middle of last week, it was hard to say exactly where Brooklyn's Woods would be performing September 6th.  Fliers circulating around town indicated the freak-folkers would be playing ... More >>

  • Don’t Let Earthmen and Strangers’ Ryan Rousseau Use Your Gear

    published August 6, 2009

    Blowing up a borrowed amp belonging to a guy who plays a Flying V and is known to wear face paint or cover himself in blood should be badge of... More >>

  • Casiotone for the Painfully Alone’s Vs. Children Takes on Parenthood

    published July 23, 2009

    Given the name Casiotone for the Painfully Alone, it'd be reasonable to assume that the lo-fi songs of one-man band Owen Ashworth are... More >>

  • Jenny Lewis at The Marquee: Not Quite Convincing
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    Jenny Lewis at The Marquee: Not Quite Convincing

    published Jul 12, 2009

    Jenny Lewis is certainly an entertainer.  "From Los Angeles, with love, here's Jenny Lewis," the announcer belted Vegas-style as she took the stage at the Marquee on Saturday night, and Ms. Lewis wa... More >>

  • Deer Tick Gets Sweaty At Modified
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    Deer Tick Gets Sweaty At Modified

    published Jul 07, 2009

    Despite sweltering heat and scarce air conditioning, about 160 folks crammed into Phoenix's Modified Arts last night to watch the much-hyped Deer Tick as they rolled into town in their converted schoo... More >>

  • Deer Tick

    published July 2, 2009

    It’s hard to say exactly what Brooklyn via Providence based alt-country band Deer Tick’s coolest claim to notoriety is: Hanging on NBC... More >>

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